The Catholic University of America


Welcome to the Department of History

The history department is a long-standing, vital and integral part of Catholic University.

It offers a superb undergraduate and graduate education, combining the intimacy of a liberal arts college with the rigor of a research university. The undergraduate major culminates in small intensive seminars and in original research; where possible connections are made to Washington, DC, as a central location for U.S. and international history and as a city rich in research opportunities. The city of Washington provides endless options for internships – in government, museums, businesses, law firms and not-for-profit organizations – and history department alumni have pursued careers in all of these areas after graduating from the university.

Graduate education is concentrated in the following fields: medieval, early modern, and late modern Europe; United States; and Latin America. At present, the department has particular topical strengths in the areas of the history of political culture, history of religion, intellectual history, the history of migration to the New World both voluntary and involuntary (slavery), and the history of women.  In each field we have faculty members with expertise in the history of Catholics and of Catholicism. The history department’s distinguished faculty members have won grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Berlin and the Humboldt Foundation. For their record of publications and teaching please consult their individual profiles in the faculty section of this website. Washington, DC is an outstanding city for graduate research, starting with the Library of Congress and including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Archives and Dumbarton Oaks. A consortium links CUA to the many other DC-area universities. The department has an impressive record of job placement for alumni of its masters and Ph.D. programs.

Questions should be directed either to the department administrator, Ramon Sola (, to the undergraduate advisor Caroline Sherman (, to the graduate advisor Jennifer Davis ( or to the department chair, Jerry Z. Muller (

The department is located in Marist Hall.  The phone number is: (202) 319-5484.  The mailing address is:

Catholic University of America
Department of History
620 Michigan Ave., NE
228 Marist Hall
Washington, DC 20064












The Department of History wishes to thank Patrick Kelleher, PhD student in US history, for the work he did this academic year to make the graduate student spaces in the department both useful and welcoming. At the most recent meeting of the Graduate Student Association, Patrick was voted "Best Senator of the Year" by his fellow senators. Congratulations and thanks to Patrick!

Congratulations to Caitlin Monaco '2014, whose paper was awarded "Best Essay in Post 1750 World History," at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in March.

Congratulations to Patricia Mars '2014, whose paper was awarded second place 'Best Essay in Post 1750 World History," at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in March.

CUA won ‘Most Outstanding Chapter’ at the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Conference.

C-SPAN BookTV interview with Prof. Michael Kimmage, associate professor of history, author of The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism (2009)
Sunday March 16, at 1:20 p.m., and Monday, March 17, at 1:20 a.m.


Prof. Jerry Muller discusses his book, Capitalism and the Jews, on C-SPAN BookTV


To our new Ph.D.'s, Robert Hand and Marie D'Aguanno Ito (with distinction); and our new M.A., Paul Wilson.